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suzanne malveaux, you cover the white house. what do you think? >> that's what we were talking about, get those nfl negotiators to get in washington and see if they can do anything. it's like a bad marriage, be more intimate, work it out. >> exactly. talk to each other. it's live from "cnn newsroom," i'm suzanne malveaux. for this tuesday, july 26th, the country's debt limit is one week away. last night, president obama and house speaker john boehner took to the air in duelling speeches and the president acknowledged what so much of us are feeling and that is frustration. >> do you know what people are fed up with most of all? they're fed up with a town where compromise has become a dirty word. >> the truth is that the president wanted a blank check
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six months ago and he wants a blank check today. this is just not going to happen. >> as makeshift memorials spring up across norway, police and the public are searching for answers to friday's deadly attacks. the lawyer and suspect, anders breivik, the lawyer said his client is in insane. the suspect's father, who doesn't want to be identified, agrees. >> translator: no, i'll never have more contact with him in my darkest moments i think rather than killing all those people, he should have taken his own life. >> those are strong words from a father. >> translator: they are, punish thinking abo but thinking about what has happened, i still don't understand. no normal human being would do something like that. >> money from a u.s. defense contract is now in the hands of the taliban. the a u.s. military task force now believes that part of a $2 billion contract for troops transportation was diverted through a network of african
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criminals, according to a source with knowledge of the investigation. the source says it appeared that some of the money went for protection through areas controlled by the insurgents. just one day after new york saw its first gay weddings, conservative groups filed a lawsuit challenging the state's same sex marriage law. they argued supporters violated state procedure to push that law through. new york is the sixth state along with the district of columbia to allow gay couples to marry. in oregon, a congressman accused of unwanted sexual advances toward a young woman will not sooem seek recollection. representative david wu is under pressure to step down. an aide says wu is considering all options. jessica brady with the capitol hill newspaper "roll call" says wu's accuser is the daughter of a campaign donor. >> we know that she is about 18 years old, that she called mr.
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wu's congressional office back in the state, sounded very distraught on the phone and said that she was the subject of an unwanted sexual encounter with him. >> california governor jerry brown has signed the dream act into law. this bill makes students who are illegal immigrants eligible for instate college tuition, which can be as much as five times cheaper than out of state tuition. those students must agree to apply for legal immigration status. well, there are no answers from an autopsy on what killed five-time grammy award winner amy winehouse. the coroner hopes to know more when lab results come back. that will happen in two to four weeks. winehouse was found in her london apartment over the weekend. her battles with drugs and alcohol were well documented in her struggle, that is, at hln's dr. drew says she may have won that battle if she had taken
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more time away from the limelight. >> what they need to do is drop out, not worry about their job and focus on their recovery. many times for months or years before they return to something like touring for a musical performance. >> michael jackson's family is planning a tribute concert, but not of all the jacksons are on board here. brothers germane and randy say bad timing to schedule the conference for october 8th in wales. that is when dr. conrad murray will be on trial in the u.s. here is your chance to talk back on one of the big stories of the day. today's question is what would you tell congress to do about the debt limit? carol costello is joining us from washington. carol, i bet you're going to get a lot of folks weighing in on this one. >> i urge all of our facebook friends to keep it clean. that's my only request today.
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what is happening in washington is political gamesmanship at its worse. it's ugly and more than a little scary. the united states has never gone into default because past administrations and lawmakers have compromised. cnn contributor john avalon says lawmakers have raised the debt ceiling 77 times including 8 tooils times under ronald reagan and back in the day politicians weren't quite so macho. many insist on standing on principal even though most americans stand on the side of good old fashioned compromise. two-thirds of americans want the president and republicans to compromise, rather than stand up for their beliefs to get things done. wow. a break from part is anship. perhaps the happiest outcome of the president's speech last night was when he urged you to contact your congressmen and you did. lawmaker's websites were
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crashing all over d.c. and here is your chance to sound off again on facebook and on cnn. and, yes, lawmakers do watch cnn, you bet they do. talk back today. what would you tell congress to do about the debt limit? i'll read some of your comments later this hour. >> it's interesting, carol, it might be ironic that people, everyday folks by ourselves empowered by this crisis. we're more empowered to get those letters and e-mails to our lawmakers telling them, look, wepts something done here. >> we have figured out a way around partisanship and our lawmakers have not. >> thank you, carol. appreciate it. here is a rundown of some of our stories ahead. the price of doing business could go up and companies could stop hiring. plus, five days after the search and rescue in italy,
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house speaker john boehner squaring off or spending cuts and tax increases. >> how can we slash funding for education and clean energy. before we ask people like me to give up tax breaks we don't need and didn't ask for. >> the president has often said we need a balanced approach, which in washington mooedz means we spend more and you pay more. having run a small business, i know those tax increases will destroy jobs. the solution to this crisis is not complicated. if you're spending more money than you're taking in, you need to spend less of it. >> so it's not like congress hasn't done this before. lawmakers, in fact, have voted to raise the debt limit 74 times since 1962. so flashback, september 1987. with republican president ronald reagan urging conto act. >> congress kickedly brings the government of the edge of default before facing its responsibility. this brinkmanship threatens the
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holders of government bonds and those who rely on social security and veteran benefits. interest rates would skyrocket. instability would occur in financial markets and the federal deficit would soar. the united states has a special responsibility to itself and the world to meet its obligation. it means we have a well earned reputation for reliability and credibility, two things that set us apart from much of the world. >> so 17 of the debt limit increases were under president pregnantan. five were under president george h.w. bush, four under president clinton we have been seven under george w. bush. why is raising the debt limit such a political fight this go round? joining us to talk more about that, john. everybody is racking their heads wondering what makes different this time around? why is this so hard? >> this is, aus mentioned, the
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first time where the debt ceiling has been held hostage. that is a new unwelcomed development. this could be the new normal. i want personal fiscal conservatives at home to listen to what reagan said. this is a dangerous game washington is playing and americans are getting frustrated and they have a right to do so. call your congressman. they understand washington is playing politics with our fiscal future. we are pedalling closer towards this cliff, folks. it's unwelcome. this is all the result of the partisanship. even if we don't default, we might get downgraded. that is a complete consequence. >> john, we know what partisan shift is all about. why the hoorper part is anship? >> i think we've got to ring system, redistricting, and you've got idea logical litmus
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test and anti-attack pledges that reign in congress's ability to reason together. i think the markets haven't reacted to this fully yet because they say default as being such a self-inflicted wound that they still will pull back from the bripg. but i think they may be underestimating this particular congress and the world of ideology plays in behinding people to being able to reason together. that is the larger problem here. this is a direct result that the parties are more polarized than ever before. >> john, it's a tough thing to figure out because you've seen the websites. a lot of folks who really generally angry with the government right now? where do people place the responsibility, the accountability here? >> we are starting to see polls show independent voters swinging against the republican party on this saying they're more culpable. both parties in the past have played games. but president obama deserves a great deal of credit for
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reaching ow, taking a balanced plan and embracing entitled reform. 3)ua democratic president to take and he deskerves a lot of credit for taking that stance. it's the folks on the far right who made it almost impossible for john boehner to put together a deal. the whole reason we're going through that deal is more likely a partisan plan that won't beale with either. >> john, thanks for your perspective. we're going to keep a close eye on all of this. clearly, a lot of tension, a lot of frustration at this point. we're going to break down the latest plan for raising the debt limit and cutting the deficit. christine is going to explain what is on the table. chief business correspondent ali velshi is going to explain how the debt crisis could affect the job market, coming up in about ten minutes or so.
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moreway terror suspect anders breivik is talking, but only to husband lawyer. an attorney says breivik continues to claim that two terror cells helped him carry
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out friday's attack and he continues to suggest he's in a war. the attorney suggests his client is insane and breivik's father says he's grief stricken and he wishes he could do something for everybody that was affected by this tragedy. >> when you read about it on the internet, what went through your mind? >> translator: i thought, is this possible? this must be a mistake. it can't be true. but then i realized that it was true, although it's still completely incomprehensible to me that something like this can happen. it's impossible to explain. he was just like other boys at his age. he was a bit withdrawn, but he had no extreme tendencies in the period i knew him. no, i'll never have more contact with him. i think rather than killing all those people, he should v taken his own life. >> those are strong words from a father. >> they are, but thinking about what has happened, i still don't understand how something like this could happen. no normal human being would do
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something like that. >> friday's killing spree was the deadliest in norway since world war ii. police are now already beginning to release the names of the victims. there are 76 so far. several people from the island are still missing. cnn's diane has more from there. >> it's a painstaking task and a grim one, carrying the dark forces of this norwegian field to the few still listed as missing. for clothes, shoes, anything belonging to those who met their death here. tommy olegarde has been leading the search operations this friday evening. >> when does it begin to sink in, what happened? >> well, i'm not sure if it has sunk in yet. i have been slooimp concentrated about the work that we are doing and try to keep my emotions away
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from this. so maybe it will take some time. >> just across the island, a family lay flowers for the dead. he's already heard enough about the twisted thinking of this man behind the massacre, the hatred & revealed in his manifesto splashed across the world's press. >> this message should not be spread too much. it's not good thoughts. he wants the whole world to see him, imagine his thoughts. and i think that's not the best way. >> what did you think when you read about his manifesto? >> i was scared. i think this is hitler number two. >> for five minutes, we've driven past this area which has graffiti which has things on it like white power, die black
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people and a swastika. it makes you wonder if he acted out on his far right ideology. but how many people in this society feel the same away as he does? odegarde has been too busy to watch the news or to read much about the killer. >> well, i guess a lot move people know the circumstances around this than i do. because i haven't been watching any news at all. this is what we have been doing all weekend, judging from people. >> norway, will long be searching for answers as to how this green and pleasant land could have bred such a monster. cnn, norway. >> we'll go do a live event we're following out of washington. this is a news conference being held by the republican leadership after a meeting that they had.
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they are talking about introducing a bill requiring the treasury secretary to prioritize when it comes to certain payments, the debt of service, social security, military pay, all of this as you know is happening as both sides, democrats, republicans and the president try to negotiate some way of getting through this impasse, whether it's raising the debt ceiling, cutting spending, raising taxes and the deadline is looming just a week away on which the united states could benefit from the result. this is senator pat toomey of pennsylvania. >> that's why we're introducing a bill that we're unveiling today ensuring the full faith and credit of the united states and protecting american's soldiers and seniors act. i'm delighted to report that as of this moment, we have 31 cosponsors in the senate, the number has been growing consistently. what our bill would do is it would instruct the treasury second in the event the debt ceiling is not raised prior to august 2nd to make certain obligations priority so that
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they will be paid in full, on time, and without delay. the three priorities are simple. first, it's interest on our debt so we will not default on our debt and not plunge our economy into chaos. second, social security payments because millions of senior citizens, including my parents, depend on the social security payments that they've earned by virtue of their own prior contributions to the system. and finally, the payroll for active duty military personnel because the men and women who are risking their lives for us should not have to worry about whether their families will receive their income in a timely fashion. as this chart illustrates, there are far more than enough resources for the administration to make these payments and frankly many others from the period august 3rd through august 31st, total revenue will be at least $173 billion, perhaps much more, and the combined costs of
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paying the interest of our debt, social security payments, and active duty military pay will be about $81 billion, so less than half of the revenue that will be coming in during the month of august. these numbers, by the way, are not made up by somebody in my office. these are the numbers provided by the bipartisan policy center. they've been confirmed by many other sources. let me close by saying this. this bill is not meant to be a substitute for raising the debt limit. i and i suspect most of the folks on this stage have voted in favor of raising the debt limit providing we put our government on the path on a balanced budget. what this budget is all about is raising the minimization that has already accurate. i region to hope that this legislation never needs to be
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complement complemented. at this time, i'd like to introduce the chairman of the rnc -- >> we're going to have more on the debt ceiling discussion. we told but a debt default could lead to higher interest rates, could hurt the struggling job markets. our chief correspondent ali velshi is going to talk about that, as well as this regulation claiming that the government could start paying piecemeal its bills and prioritize some of that spending and avoid some sort of financial crisis in a week or so. it moves effortlessly, breathes easily. it flows with clean water. it makes its skyline greener and its population healthier. all to become the kind of city people want to live and work in. somewhere in america, we've already answered some of the nation's toughest questions. and the over sixty thousand people of siemens are ready to do it again. siemens. answers.
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shoommy of pennsylvania. interesting what he said. is it possible, if you introduce legislation that's passed that require the treasury secretary to prior advertise social security, veterans benefits, these types of things and avoid what might be a tragic situation going into the default? is that possible to partially pay those bills piecemeal? >> you know, you put it well. it's interesting, you and i are learning this as we go along. i tried to get a comment of you of gene sterling as to what sort of emergency plans they're making to prior advertise payments. we have interest payments which are huge and social security payments which are huge and we have a lot of other very big payments. now, here is the thing. on august the 3rd, suzanne, a very big social security payment has to go out, $22 billion. you can't pay that and everything else that's due on august 3rd if we don't raise the
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debt ceiling. the next big day is august 15th or 16th when a big interest payment comes due. so pat toomey is saying he wants to prioritize interest payments on our bonds, then social security and sort of go in that direction. there are a lot of people who said the credit agencies have said this, ben bernanke has said this, default is default. if you are going to get a downgrade just because you pay your bondholders doesn't mean you won't get a downgrade. the downgrade could affect interest rates. it may be the same effect in the interesting. interesting, suzanne. i don't know whether pat toomey, what he's suggesting can have legal authority. i know that treasury is prioritizing. on august 3rd, if they don't have the money to pay all the bills, they have to make decisions as to which bills they're paying. >> is it possible to avert a financial crisis? maybe this is a big unknown, if they decide we're going to pay for this first or is it still
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going to be in a default situation? >> remember, there's is a technical part of this. if you don't pay by this day, they report you to the credit bureau and your credit rating goes down. then there's the psychological part of this. the world is going to say, oh, my god, america missed a payment on s. they're all of a sudden a bad bet. we're going to invest in canada or places like that. but america sells off more debt than anyplace else does. you can't preplace it with a lot of other countries. unclear how the world will react. all we have to go on is previous experiences. we look back to 2008 and the day that congress didn't approve the bailout. you and i were both working both of those days. we did not expect the market to react the way it did back then. it's tech logical more than technical. >> what does this mean in terms of jobs, housing, how this will
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affect us if the united states defaults? >> there are three things that make you feel profitable. it is the value of your investments going up, the value of your home going up and your wage. so we know that stocks could take a hit if they don't get a deal. the stock market has not been largely affected by this. take investments off the table. now let's take a look at the value of your home. if the federal government has to pay more for loans and bonds, it could affect the ability of banks and bondholder toes finance mortgages. so it could cause variable rate mortgages to increase, it could cause fixed rate mortgages to increase. mortgage rates are historically low right now. we're not anticipatesing a huge problem, but here is the thing. we have a problem in getting our home prices back up. >> sure. >> so we kaebts take anything in terms of downward pressure on home prices. most important thing of those three that i just mentioned, of those investments, your home and
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your job, you can live without the first two. you can't live without a job. if a km finds it more difficult to save monies, they will cut jobs. we really can't afford to go into a negative place. i wouldn't want to bet things can't go wrong, suzanne. i think there's a good chance things can. >> we'll keep an eye on washington. appreciate your perspective, ali. >> thank you. a mother grieving after her son was struck and killed by a driver. but a judge just sensanced her to three misdemeanors related to his death. david, if you could, just take us from the beginning here, this story. essentially, how did this young boy die and why is his mother involved? >> reporter: suzanne, about a year ago, rachelle nelson was attempting to cross a four-lane
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road with her three children. they had taken a city bus from the grocery. they were trying to get home when they were crossing the road. a hit and run driver struck and killed her 4-year-old son. well, the police were able to find that hit and run driver. he served six months of a five-year sentence and people thought that should be the end of this sad, tragic story. but it wasn't. the mother herself was also charged with counts of second degree vehicular homicide and jaywalking. well, today, she was sentenced for those crimes. she had been found guilty by a jury and today the judge decided that she will not go to jail. instead, she will just have a year probation and serve 40 hours of community service. at the time, there was a great deal of relief in the courtroom, about 100 people there. we heard from several people in they are life, a teacher for her son, we heard from a counselor, we heard from her employer, people getting up, saying what a
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wonderful mother she was, hour caring and hard working she was and how she did not deserve to be separated from her children. in the end, the court listened. the prosecutors themselves got up and said they didn't want to see her go to jail. they recommended that the court give her probation. and in the end, that's what it will be, one year of probation, 40 hours of community service, 20 hours of those, according to the judge, needs to be spent in some form of promoting child safety. >> sure. >> and on top of that, the judge gave this mother the option, if she wants it, to have a new trial if she wants to face a jury again and possibly clear her name. she has that option to do that if she wants it. her attorney tells us that she is strongly considering it. suzanne. >> and, david, this case has actually attracted a lot of attention because people anticipated that she might actually have had to serve more time than this individual, the man who ran over and killed her
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child. what was the story behind that? >> well, there are three misdemeanor counts that were against her. each of them carried a makes mum of one year in jail. that was the maximum she was facing. after she found out that she was guilty, she did go public and, in fact, getting national attention saying that it was possible, if she got the maximum sentence, that she could serve more time than the man who actually hit and killed her child. well, that was never the case. the prosecutors never wanted her to see jail time and the judge in the end has given her one year of probation and community service. >> david, thank you very much. i appreciate the latest update on that story. we're going to have more after the break. [ male announcer ] megared omega-3 krill oil from schiff.
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pulling any punches last night talking about the neigh's debt crisis. nobody is laughing on capitol hill. democrats, republicans, they are still fighting over the debt limit. jimacosta, we're hearing that the president, when he called out for voter toes reach out to their members of congress and their websites, that they're listening. >> yeah, absolutely. you know, we got reports overnight that the websites for the speaker, john boehner, and a tea party republican who is running for president named michele bachmann, that those sites were having some problems overnight. as a matter of fact, i was doing some checking on in this morning. i just called the main number for the house of representatives, got a busy signal and finally got through and the operator told me, yes, we're extremely busy right now and i promptly hung up the phone to cut her a break. yes, they are experiencing a
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heavy load up on capitol hill right now and that's not to be -- that's not to be too surprised. this does happen every once in a while, suzanne, as you know. >> and it seems surprising. people respond to quickly. was it just republicans, democrats, was it positive or negative? >> it's unclear whether democratic sites have been hit. i have not seen that or heard that as of yet. i was also checking a freshman republican named joe walsh. his site was also not responding this morning. his website was not responding this morning. so it may be that the republicans are feeling the heat a little bit more than the democrats at this point, but we'll see. the day is young. >> the day is young. and i understand republicans and presidential candidates are weighing in on this, as well. >> theater. it didn't take long after the president's address last night to the nation for candidates to weigh in. michele bachmann, she put out a statementover night accusing the president of using the american
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people as collateral damage. that was a line that the president used last night and michele bachmann going after the president what's interesting about those two right now, suzanne, is that they've been going at each other a little bit more than at the president lately. at least for a brief moment, there was a cease-fire on the candidates from the gop site and they were directing their comments at the president. >> jim, thank you. good to see you. for the latest political news, you know where to go. universities are now exposing their secrets and techniques for beating a hacker. we'll take you inside one class. hey, the new guy is loaded with protein! really? 25 grams of protein. what do we have? all four of us, together? 24. he's low fat, too,
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cnn in-depth, welcome to the digital age. companies are feeling so threatened by cyber crime now that they are shelling out big bucks to protect themselves. i want you to take a look at this number. this is a mind blowing 130 $130 in a billion. that is how much a security research firm says companies will pay this year dealing with hacking, data breachings, other online violations. $130 billion. the glos gross domestic product of new zealand and it's almost
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three times what companies had to pay five years ago. cyber crime has become such a clear and danger rather, that colleges around the country are offering week long crash courses on the secret techniques that hackers use. cyber challenge camp opened shop at the university of missouri. that was this week. ted rowland is there. you're getting schooled. what do they teach you there? >> they're getting schooled. we're watching basically all of these folks, all of these students are getting invited to come to this week long camp. this is one of several going on across the country this summer. what these students are doing is honing their skills by assuming the roll of a hacker. they're seeing how hackers get into different systems. they're all potential victims on the low level, companies like sony which was just hacked has a huge amount. they say that is sobering in the amount of money spent on cyber
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defense. these are some of the bet minds in the country and they're being brought here as part of a learning expedition. but it's also a competition component. on friday, they were competing against each other and the winner will get a scholarship for more education and they're all being looked at very closely in terms of job placement. the guy that won this event last year is alec levinson. he's sought after in the industry because of his skill. alex, a lot of great minds here. you yourself used to hack into video games. you were on the history side on a small scale, if you will. what does it take for the best minds to come over .help defend us rather than joining the darkside? >> a lot of what you see today in this industry is almost the wild, wild west. we pushed all these people underground for so many years saying hackers are bad, hacking is bad. >> it is. >> now you can learn these skills for good and benefit by securing networking sites.
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>> a lot of them take it easy. you can make a lot of money in this industry. what do we need to do to get more people like you on our side and helping out on the defensive? >> it's pretty cool. we need to start educating people at a younger age, start teaching it at tech school, start teaching it in college. we have a lot of programs across the country. >> bottom line, who is winning this war? >> now? us. >> good. but it's a constant war, suzanne, obviously. it's an ongoing battle. they improve the system and then someone gets into it. but camps like this are going to a long way to get the best minds on our side to help protect everybody. >> we're glad alex is on our side. he's left the dark side. it's good. it's an interesting class. tell alex we appreciate him now. thanks. today's talk back question, what would you tell congress to do about the debt limit? >> i think it sucks.
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the united states is the most powerful country in the world and for us to be in this type of position, to say that we're going to be fault on our debts is just an embarrassment. >> it's kind of embarrassment. >> i kind of feel it's hopeless because when you hear the amount of money, i can't even understand exactly how much money that is. >> more of your responses straight ahead. it flows with clean water. it makes its skyline greener and its population healthier. all to become the kind of city people want to live and work in. somewhere in america, we've already answered some of the nation's toughest questions. and the over sixty thousand people of siemens are ready to do it again. siemens. answers.
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you have been sounding off on our talk back question. what would you tell congress to do about the debt limit. carol costello's got some of your responses. hey, carol. >> lot of responses today, suzanne. here's the first one from ben. he says stop focusing on defeating the president and start doing your jobs.
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the rank and file congressional members paid $174,000 a year and these people can't even agree to disagree. we want our money back. this from tiffany. stop acting like spoiled children and learn to share or go back to kindergarten. do i smell a recall? this from kathy. my husband and myself depend on our social security disability check on the 3rd to pay our bills. plus my son is on v.a. disability. do we send the bills to lawmakers? this from tim. i'm telling my senator mccain, a man i once admired, to restore and preserve courage and honor, first to himself, then to his party so they can provide a balanced bipartisan budget. that represents the majority of americans. and this from linda. i would tell congress to stand firm and not cave to the bully in the oval office. it's horrifying to see a president hold a nation hostage like this. this from kevin. do they not realize that the rest of the world is laughing at them? the congress has lost all respect it might have had. they're just a bunch of clowns now totally out of touch.
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please keep the conversation going. i'll be back in 15 minutes but i understand you have something special for us now. >> of course. we always have something special. okay. remember when you were riding in the back seat when you were a kid and there was, you know, you were maybe looking at the billboards, staring out the window or something like that, long family trips, that kind of thing. okay. so toyota has come up with this thing called window to the world. the car windows, they are actually touch screens like an iphone so you can trace objects that you're passing, you can zoom in to them. nobody yells at you for smearing up the windows, that kind of thing. >> that's pretty cool. >> you think it's cool? i thought hey, what happened to the days where you could just look out the window, you know, and play that silly alphabet game and look at the billboards. remember those days? >> think of it this way. you get the big family vans and they have like tvs and you can put the dvd in there and the kids watch the dvd.
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they don't even notice what's going on outside. they never look out the window. at least they look out the window and they can use their imagination and they can pull from it and draw on the window. i think that's terrific. >> you like that, huh? >> it's creativity. >> you can use your imagination looking out the window and imagining all kinds of things, too. your environment, you know, everything outside, you like this one, huh? >> i do. i really think it's cool. >> all right. i will drive, you get in the back seat, see how you deal with it. >> i'll paint some pretty pictures. >> we'll get back to you in a bit. anger now over the cost of airline tickets. transportation secretary is now criticizing airlines for not giving consumers a break. >> they're charging the public for a tax that doesn't exist. and putting it on their bottom line. nouncer ] we all age differently. rocĀ® multi-correxion 4 zone moisturizer with rocĀ®retinol and antioxidants. lines, wrinkles, and sun damage will fade.
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a fight over the faa's budget means the agency is not taxing airlines right now. you should have cheaper ticket prices, right? well, cnn's jeanne meserve reports that the savings are not being passed on. >> reporter: what might have been a windfall for air travelers is instead a gold mine for the airlines. the failure of congress to reauthorize the federal aviation administration has left the agency unable to collect about $200 million a week in taxes. that could reduce the price of an airline ticket by about $25
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to $50, but most consumers are not seeing the savings, because airlines have seized an opening to increase fares. >> they're charging the public for a tax that doesn't exist. >> reporter: and pocketing the money. >> and putting it on their bottom line. almost every airline except for one made money last year because of baggage fees, because of pillow fees, because of blanket fees, because of food fees. what i've said to the airline association is you need to start thinking about the customer. >> reporter: a handful of airlines, including spirit and alaska air, are passing savings along to consumers and one travel expert believes those who have increased ticket prices will eventually have to change course. >> my guess is going into the fall season which is a little bit softer, they would almost be forced to drop their air fare prices back down. >> reporter: the reauthorization impasse is not impacting flight
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scheduling or safety. air traffic controllers remain on the job. but the faa has furloughed about 4,000 other employees and halted airport projects around the country, jeopardizing construction jobs. the main obstacle to an agreement is a program that helps maintain service to out of the way airports, a key house republican says the faa essentially subsidizes tickets to the tune of $3700 per passenger. >> the problem with faa and this extension is the same problem we face in washington. no one wants to stop spending, no one wants to stop wasteful programs. >> reporter: secretary lahood counters that the issue of subsidies should be dealt with separately from the reauthorization extension, but most experts we spoke to believe congress isn't going to revisit the issue of the faa until they resolve the much larger dispute over the debt ceiling. jeanne meserve, cnn, washington.
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top of the hour. i'm suzanne malveaux. want to get you up to speed. just one week and counting until the deadline to raise the country's debt limit. there's no deal and no deal means higher interest rates on mortgages and car loans. not even to mention the damage to the country's financial standing. last night, president obama and house speaker john boehner took to the air in dueling speeches. the president acknowledged what so many people are feeling, that is frustration. >> do you know what people are fed up with most of all? they're fed up with a town where compromise has become a dirty word. >> the sad truth is that the president wanted a blank check six months ago and he wants a blank check today. this is just not going to happen. >> since friday, norwegians have been paying tribute to 76 people killed in two related terror attacks. only today are they learning who these victims are. police are releasing the names of those whose family members
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have been notified. anders breivik, the man suspected of the massacre, is talking to his lawyer. the lawyer says breivik considers himself to be in a war and he questions his client's sanity. does breivik's father does, as well. he wants to remain anonymous. >> translator: i will never have more contact with him. in my darkest moments, i think that rather than killing all those people, he should have taken his own life. >> reporter: strong words from a father. >> translator: they are, but thinking about what has happened, i get so upset and still don't understand that something like this could happen. no normal human being would do something like that. five time grammy award winning singer amy winehouse was buried today. her funeral was for close family and friends only. she was found dead in her london apartment over the weekend and an autopsy provided no answers on how she died. the coroner hopes to know more when lab test results come back
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in two to four weeks. one of four teens mauled by a grizzly bear during an outdoor survival trip in alaska says he was forced to use those survival skills. victor martin from california took off running and then fell. the bear bit him on the feet and ankles. he kicked the bear square in the face. that's when it backed off. martin describes how huge the bear was. >> easy, eight to nine feet, about 900 pounds. >> did he stand up? >> once. it was terrifying, but prayer helps. postmaster general says we're soon going to see a smaller, leaner, more competitive postal service. he released a list of almost 3700 post offices that are now slated to close. most of them bring in less than $50 a day and employees work only about two hours a day. kids love them. especially for the toys inside. but now, mcdonald's is hoping
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parents are going to think better about the happy meals. the fast food chain plans to cut back on those french fries, add a little fruit or vegetable instead. veterans advocacy groups have been called to the white house this afternoon for a special briefing. barbara starr is live at the pentagon. barbara, i think we can assume this is about potentially an impact on their benefits in the next week or so if the country defaults on its bills? >> reporter: absolutely, suzanne. veterans groups tell us they started getting phone calls from the white house late last night asking them to come to a 4:30 briefing at the white house this afternoon to talk about what will happen to veterans benefits if the debt ceiling is not raised and also, the broader implication of the potential budget cutting, the deficit reduction talks that will go along most likely with any debt ceiling agreement. veterans groups tell us they are
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very concerned because they say for them, this is unprecedented. if the debt ceiling is not raised, there is no promise at this point that their disability checks, their benefits checks and benefits to some veterans' families will remain intact. they simply don't know what will happen to them. they say that is the major concern. one veterans advocate saying he is getting e-mails all the time now from veterans around the country who are very concerned about what will happen to them. one of the veterans groups, the disabled veterans of america, the, that's an important website, they are going to hold an online virtual protest tomorrow. if you want more information, go to they are going to be protesting all day long online with veterans around the country about the budget and deficit
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impasse in washington. they are going to post messages and other information they say will make it clear to washington just how concerned millions of veterans are around the country. suzanne? >> barbara, is the pentagon giving any advice to veterans who are so afraid and worried for themselves and their families or are they saying essentially you've got to find other ways to survive? >> reporter: you know, what's so interesting is just a couple months ago, in that whole crisis about the government shut-down, both the department of veterans affairs and the pentagon had a lot of information about what would happen to veterans from the veterans affairs department, active duty military from here at the pentagon. right now, everybody is really being pretty quiet. there's a lot of sort of background chatter that somehow both active duty military pay and veterans benefits would be shielded from any crisis, but nobody's making any promises. nothing has been put in writing, if you will, from the political
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side of the house, capitol hill, the white house, the treasury department, and it's that uncertainty that is causing so much concern right now amongst the veterans community about their benefits. >> i'm sure. okay. barbara, thank you very much for the developing story. here's your chance to talk back on one of the big stories of the day. today's question, very much related to what we have been discussing before. what would you tell congress to do about the debt limit? carol costello in washington. hey, carol. >> lot of people sounding off on this one, suzanne. what's happening in washington is political gamesmanship at its worse. it's ugly and more than a little scary. the united states has never gone into default because past administrations and lawmakers have actually compromised. cnn contributor says lawmakers have raised the debt ceiling 77 times since jfk, including 18 times under ronald reagan and seven times under george w. bush. but back in the day, politicians weren't quite so macho.
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many now insist on standing on principle even though most americans stand on the side of good old-fashioned compromise. according to a cnn/orc poll, two-thirds of americans want the president and republicans to compromise rather than stand up for their beliefs to get things done. wow. a break from partisanship. at least among what politicians like to call ordinary americans. perhaps the happiest outcome of the president's speech last night was when he urged you to contact your congressman and you did. lawmakers websites were crashing all over d.c. the phone lines on capitol hill all tied up today, and here is your chance to sound off again on facebook and on cnn. yes, lawmakers do watch cnn. you bet they do. so talk back today. what would you tell congress to do about the debt limit? i will read some of your comments later this hour. >> you said to keep it clean, right?
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>> keep it -- try to keep it clean. we've had a few but i understand. people are angry. >> people are frustrated. thanks, carol. here's a rundown some of the stories ahead. first, counseling for the players and the debt ceiling debacle. we break down the psychology behind the blame games. and part of a $2.6 billion u.s. contract falls into the hands of the afghan underworld. we are following the money trail live in afghanistan. then one in five men, unemployed. we take a closer look at what is being called the mancession. more depression sufferers in rich countries than less wealthy ones. can money truly not buy happiness? mariah carey in charge on home shopping network. just one phillips' colon health probiotic cap a day
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deadlock over raising the debt limit. not a laughing matter for most americans but for late night comedians, you know, there's a lot to work with. >> we have raised the debt ceiling 17 times under reagan, five times under h.w. bush, four times under president bill clinton, seven times under g.w. bush. apparently for past congresses, accomplishing a debt ceiling raise is as effortless as this. >> nancy pelosi, john boehner, okay, there's harry reid, freeze it right there. freeze it right there. okay? harry reid, mitch mcconnell can't agree on a budget? they obviously agree on everything else. look at them. same hair, same glasses, same sport coat, same shirt. why can't you agree on this?
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>> they all dress like that in washington. you know the jokes are funny but the situation, really not so funny in d.c. people, very frustrated. here's what some of you are saying about this deadlock. >> too much spending, really. i don't know whose fault that is, but you know, congress and the president should work together to get that fixed. >> we have adults who have been elected to office and yet they play worse than 3 year olds. >> i would fire them all. >> i really don't know nothing about it. >> i think everyone in congress knows that they can't default or it's going to be -- it's going to cause economic calamity. >> standoff in d.c. a lot of people comparing it to a couple headed for divorce and why can't they just get along, get something done. we brought in clinical psychologist jeffrey gardere for a counseling session. i think they are in need of one, don't you think, jeff? the psychology of the debt talks, how are you going to bring these two sides together? >> well, yeah, absolutely right.
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i have been talking to people everywhere, my patients, friends and so on, and they see president obama and house speaker boehner as two adults, two parents who are involved in couples counseling and they are just not behaving and the american public just like the children are just getting really upset about it and they see them acting just like children. so there are a lot of things that they can do as i would do with them in couples counseling. >> what would you suggest? what would you advise? would you have them in the same room, would you say you got to talk to each other, time-out, what do you think? >> right on, suzanne. because now that they have talked to the american public, by giving their speeches yesterday, we need to get them back into the same room, into the same therapy room, if you will, to talk to one another and reestablish the intimacy that they had, the respect that they once had for one another. they weren't very nice to one another in giving their separate speeches so they have to reestablish that trust, first and foremost. secondly, they have to stop the blame game. you talked about this earlier.
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stop pointing fingers and take responsibility for your own behavior, and as part of that, stop carrying that emotional and in this case, political baggage, if you will, because it's not counseling with two people. it's not negotiations with two people. it's two people and a whole bunch of other ghosts in the room and it keeps things from happening in a positive way. finally, compromise. there has to be compromise. yes, one parent in this couples counseling may have compromised earlier on, but both of them really do need to compromise now, and if they don't compromise, the kids who are the american public, are going to step up and say enough, this screaming and yelling, you talked about the websites that went down, they're going to tell them behave and compromise, for heaven's sake! >> i think that's a good point there, because i mean, you've got these two and they might cringe when we call them a couple, but when you're at a
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complete impasse, no one's going to give, do you bring in the third party, the mediator, the counselor, does there need to be another person to step into the process? >> yeah, there may have to be another person. in this case, it might be uncle harry reid with his proposal. this way if both of these folks decide to work on the reid proposal, go with that one, then neither of them lose face. the important thing here is, suzanne, that they have to put the needs of the american public, the needs of the children in couples counseling, before their own needs or this just will not get done. we'll have a divorce and we'll have a debt ceiling that won't be raised and a big problem. >> all right. jeff, thank you very much. appreciate it. we hope that it all works out. we are getting some breaking news here. we understand that congressman wu of oregon is resigning. this was an ongoing -- this was actually an ongoing scandal that was occurring because he was
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accused of perhaps sexual misconduct with the daughter of a donor, and we are just getting some information here. the highlights being that initially, he decided he was not going to seek re-election. that is what he was telling folks. but now this has changed. he is now resigning after a woman accused the congressman of making sexual advances. this has been an ongoing investigation. there have been some problems. i'm just going to read really quickly what we've got on the latest wire here. that initially, he was considering all options on the table, including not seeking re-election, whether or not he was going to serve out the rest of his term. that's according to his communications director, but he was facing mounting calls for his resignation, and i'm getting a statement from his office. i'm just going to go to my e-mail, see if i can't check this out. yep, here we go. this is a statement from the office of congressman david wu. i'll just read it to you very
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briefly. he says -- it says congressman david wu issued the following statement of resignation to the united states house of representatives. this is in quotes, it has been the greatest privilege of my life to be a united states congressman. rare is the nation in which an immigrant child can be a national political figure. i thank god and my parents for the privilege of being an american. now, however, the time has come to hand on the privilege of high office. i cannot care for my family the way i wish while serving in congress and fighting these very serious allegations. the wellbeing of my children must come before anything else. with great sadness, i therefore intend to resign effective upon the resolution of the debt ceiling crisis. this is the right decision for my family, the institution of the house and my colleagues. it is also the only correct decision to avoid any distraction from the important work at hand in washington. i intend to go forward with new resolve and love of my family, the state of oregon and our nation.
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this is the official statement coming from congressman david wu, that he is now going to resign from congress after allegations that there was sexual misconduct. moving on, u.s. military funds fall into the hands of the taliban. we are following the money from the defense department into a murky underworld of afghan subcontractors and criminals. ok. [ cellphone rings ] hey. you haven't left yet. no. i'm boarding now... what's up? um...would you mind doing it again? last time. [ engine turns over ] oooohhhh...sweet. [ male announcer ] the chevy cruze with the my chevrolet app. the remote control car is finally here. well, now she's just playing with us. oh. [ horn honks ]
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here's a look at today's choose the news story. vote for the story you would like to see. first, lot of your personal information floating out there in cyberspace, leaving you vulnerable to the underground
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world of computer hacking. one man is tracking down the bad guys to keep your information safe. second, a grandma armed with a baseball bat chases off an intruder. when the 70-year-old woke up to find a naked man in her home, she knew she had to protect her sleeping grandson upstairs. and third, a u.s. soldier stationed in afghanistan marries the woman of his dreams, over the phone. when they couldn't marry in person, they found a way to make it happen thousands of miles apart. you can vote by texting 22360. text 1 for hacker tracker. 2 for granny chases intruder or 3 for phone wedding. the winning story will air later this hour. the u.s. taxpayers have spent billions in the war on afghanistan but a new report now says that some of that money is falling into the wrong hands. funds from a u.s. defense contract were allegedly funneled into the accounts of criminals and taliban insurgents.
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we are in kabul, afghanistan. thanks for joining us. tell us first of all, what was this money for? what was it supposed to do and where did it go? >> reporter: suzanne, this represents the bulk of transportation costs here in afghanistan. effectively we are talking about eight companies, four classified high risk. these eight trucking companies were meant to deliver supplies, food, weapons, to soldiers and civilians across this country. now, what has taken place, at least according to this internal document that cnn was able to speak with a source who provided details of that report, effectively what has transpired here is among these contractors, we have a series of subcontractors. keeping track of contracts and subcontracts even in washington is difficult. in afghanistan, it's even more so. so what we have here is a series of trucking contracts that have been subcontracted out to even smaller firms.
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those firms might even look for even smaller entities. trucking here in afghanistan is dangerous. what they will do or at least according to this report -- sure. sure. what has happened is subcontractors have provided funds to security and some of these tribal groups in which they have direct links to taliban insurgents. so effectively what we're seeing here, at least according to this report, is u.s. taxpayer dollars at least in part have lined the pockets of the taliban. >> who does the report blame for this? >> reporter: well, as is everything with afghanistan, it's difficult to assign blame. clearly, there is some transparency issues in terms of where this money went. the companies, officials are pointing to in terms of their conduct, the overseers are being questioned in terms of their responsibility. officials we have spoken to said
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they radically revamped their program in an effort to stamp out some of these bad practices. >> all right. david, thank you very much. appreciate it. one in five men in the united states don't have a job. we will look at why women are taking less of a hit. morning ss with arthritis pain... that's two pills before the first bell. [ bell rings ] it's time for recess... and more pills. afternoon art starts and so does her knee pain, that's two more pills. almost done, but hang on... her doctor recommended aleve because it can relieve pain all day with just two pills. this is lisa... who switched to aleve and fewer pills for a day free of pain. and get the all day pain relief of aleve in liquid gels. when i got my medicare card, i realized i needed an aarp... medicare supplement insurance card, too. medicare is one of the great things about turning 65, but it doesn't cover everything.
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and it applies specifically to guys. we're explaining what the mancession means to you. then, software to protect your smartphone. our silicon valley correspondent explains. in about a half hour, mariah carey dishing on her long pregnancy on the home shopping network. men have been especially hard hit by the struggling economy. some are calling it a mancession. the longer they're out of work, the harder it is to get back into the game. our cnn's poppy harlow is in new york with the latest numbers. give us a sense of what we're talking about, if you compare men and women when it comes to losing their jobs. >> reporter: yeah, there's no doubt about it. when you look over the most recent recession, men lost millions more jobs and this interesting study just came out showing us that 20% of american men today are not working. that is up from 7% in 1970. not just because of a lack of jobs but also because of
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disability, incarceration, relying on their spouse's income. look at the numbers on your screen. i will pull them back up for you there. 5.4 million americans, men, lost their job in the recession. 2.1 million american women. why is that? we still have over 14 million unemployed people. the reason is because so many men were employed in manufacturing and construction that took such a hit during the recession, but what is going on now in this so-called recovery? we asked the ceo of manpower, a big employment firm that works with companies all around the world on jobs. here's his take on where the picture stands right now. take a listen. >> well, we have an issue. there is no doubt about it. the longer we have this long-term unemployed, even for what would be considered the entry level skill position, the shop floor is not going to be the same shop floor that person left two and a half years ago. new technology is put in place, how you have to read a cad drawing or three-dimensional drawing. we are still going to have this kind of skills mismatch of what
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companies are looking at to get the highest skills and what is really out in the marketplace. the u.s. is not alone in that. it's just exacerbated because of the low demand that we're seeing in the u.s. >> poppy, you have these big companies, some big companies at least who are out there hiring. how does it compare men and women getting jobs in this recovery? >> reporter: great question. you heard what he said. it's all about skills right now. the fact this a lot of those in the u.s. without a job don't have the skills they need. i want to show you men versus women here. when you look at this recovery, you look at specific sectors, manufacturing, retail and finance, men have gained 253,000 jobs since the recession. women have lost in those sectors 433,000 jobs. even in sectors where women have gained jobs, men have actually gained more jobs. we'll show you that in a minute. look at business, education, health services, women gained 690,000 jobs. men have gained over 800,000 jobs. it was called the mancession.
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men lost so many more jobs during the recession but if you look at this recovery, men are actually getting jobs more quickly than women. something interesting to look at as we see this jobs crisis continue and see if women start picking up steam. >> poppy, it's all very interesting. thank you very much. appreciate it. the recession has also widened the gap between rich and poor. allen chernoff is at the stock exchange. you have been looking at a new study comparing various households. break it down for us. >> reporter: well, the bottom line is that black and hispanic households have taken a real hit. this according to an analysis of government data by the pew research center. let's have a look at the graphic. net worth was measured. that's the value of your assets, car, house, investments, minus your debts. hispanics saw their net worth tumble 66% between 2005 and 2009. black families were close behind, they dropped more than
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50%, at the same time white american households saw their net worth fall a relatively modest 16%. how come? we can blame it on the housing market. a large number of hispanics live in california, florida, nevada and arizona, states that were at the epicenter of the housing crisis. >> so now that some see the recession as being over, there is some sort of recovery here, do we see any narrowing of that gap at all? >> reporter: the authors of the study say yes, the gap may have narrowed a little bit since home prices in some areas have been stabilizing a bit, but the gap is still very big. have a look at this. white households have net worth upwards of $100,000 while black and hispanic households have net worth of just $5,000 to $6,000. the national urban league gave us this response to the study. quote, it's clearer than ever that the nation needs a targeted job creation policy and that
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drastic program cuts in response to a manufactured debt ceiling crisis would be reckless and irresponsible. >> those are some huge differences there. with all the talk of the debt, lot of people worried about their investments, their 401(k), their investments, how are the stocks doing right now? >> reporter: well, stocks are taking a little bit of a hit today but not all that much. they're still under pressure. essentially analysts are saying look, we think, we think that this is going to be resolved, this debt ceiling crisis will be resolved, but of course, as we go on, certainly we may not resolve everything. but for now, the markets are just sitting tight as if they have seen this high wire act before, and they know what happens at the end. let's wait and see what happens. >> let's wait and see. we hope it's better news than what we've been getting. thank you. appreciate it.
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time for you to vote on the story you would like to see. text your vote to choose 22360. text 1 for hacker tracker. finding the hackers who want to steal everything from your bank account, passwords to personal e-mails. text 2 for granny chases intruder after finding a man in her home. grandma grabs her baseball bat, takes matters into her own hands. or text 3 for phone wedding. a u.s. soldier stationed in afghanistan couldn't marry his sweetheart in person so he decided to tie the knot from thousands of miles away. the winning story airs later this hour. you might think more money you make, right, the happier you'll be. a new study on depression is debunking that. joining us is cnn senior medical
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correspondent elizabeth cohen. >> you can't buy happiness. these researchers look to people all around the world and find in the wealthiest countries, they had some of the highest rates of depression. for example, in the u.s., 19% of the people who were surveyed had experienced depression but take mexico, it was only 8%, 19% versus 8%. they really found this sort of consistently that the folks in wealthier countries had higher rates of depression. >> why? it almost seems counterintuitive. you think if you have more resources, you will be happier. >> even if you're not happy, you could go to a doctor who might get you happy, right? you might think that. there are a couple theories out there. one is that in countries like the u.s., you were just talking about this on your show, there is this wide range. there's a big disparity. so you're walking around and seeing people driving mercedes and wearing diamonds and you think golly, i don't have that and it's depressing to see people who have things you don't have. that's one theory. another theory is that in
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wealthier countries, people are bopping all over the place. move here for a job, here for a job, and you lose your family, you lose your community. so that the more money there is, the fewer people you have around you who can support you and form that sort of community. we all know how important community is to people and being isolated can be very difficult. >> what can we learn from this study? >> we talked to experts and there are a couple things you might be able to take away from this. first, if you are in that situation where you're going up the ladder which is a good thing, right, but it's taking you away from your community, make a community where you go. you don't want to become isolated. that's another important thing. something else which is easy to say but hard to do, don't covet thy neighbor's anything. it's easy to live your life and say i don't have a car that nice, i don't have jewelry that nice. that will make you depressed. don't keep up with the joneses. make yourself be happy with what you have. >> good. good advice. love it. thanks.
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arming your phone against hackers, you can't protect yourself if you don't know what to look for. we take you inside one company building a reputation as a cybercrime fighter.
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cnn in depth. malicious spyware programmed to damage or disrupt your smartphone. all your personal information could be exposed. how do you stop this? dan simon went to a company emerging as a leader in protecting phones. >> reporter: we're talking about the hacking of cell phones. we are at look out mobile security which has emerged as an industry leader when it comes to protecting your phone. we're here with kevin mahaffey, co-founder of the company who really understands this stuff. before we talk about this bad malware getting on our phones, i want to ask about the voice mail hacking scandal in the uk. your number one tip for people to prevent their voice mails from being compromised?
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>> the easiest thing you can do to protect yourself from getting your voice mail hacked is to set a pin code. make sure it's hard to guess, not 1234 and not something somebody could guess. >> reporter: it's one thing to get into voice mail, another for hackers to get control of your phone. you are seeing evidence of that. >> we have seen more malware on android in the last month than in all of 2010 combined. >> reporter: android is really the platform where hackers have turned their attention. in terms of what is actually happening, explain this text messaging feature that they can have access to and really rack up charges on your cell phone bill. >> let's imagine you download an application from the market or see an advertisement for an application. if you download that and put it on your phone, there is malware in the wild right now that can intercept text messages and send them without your knowledge which may not seem bad but it can actually charge money to your phone bill, say $10 every month without your knowledge. >> reporter: that's really been
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in terms of frequency, that's really what you have been seeing in the last quarter. >> that's been one of the main attacks. there have also been attacks where people can take control of your phone, turn it into a bot and remotely control actions and do whatever they want with it. >> reporter: thanks very much. what we have seen is over the past, i don't know, few years, people have talked about this notion that hackers could get into your phone, take control of it, get your personal information, that was more theory-based. we are now seeing actual evidence of that. that's where it's really scary. products like lookout which has an app for the android platform can prevent that from happening. bottom line, people need to treat their cell phone like a personal computer. after all, it now has some of your most personal information. >> dan simon, cnn, san francisco. today's talk back question, what would you tell congress to do about the debt limit? >> you got one side that doesn't want to raise revenue. the other side that doesn't want to take any cuts. >> i am continually flummoxed by
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the fact that we are just two parties so divided and can't come together on something as critical. >> more of your responses straight ahead. first, here's some free money advice from the cnn help desk. time for the help desk, where we get answers to your financial questions. joining me this hour, jack otter, executive editor at cbs money and ryan mack, president of optimum capital management. thanks for being here. first question comes from eric in california. eric writes i have a cash rewards credit card which i use to pay for everything. i always pay it off within a week or so and never leave a balance when my statement comes around. can this hurt my credit score? >> no. you rock. if we all followed his example, this country would be in much better shape. keep on doing it. the credit card companies don't like him. they are giving him cash. >> they're not making money off him. >> he's not giving any interest rate love. absolutely. stick with it. keep on paying it off. at some point, could you have sort of a blank credit score
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because you have never borrowed any money, yes, but that problem is so small compared to the dangers of carrying too much debt. don't worry about it at all. >> good. good to have an example for all of us. ryan, your question comes from julia in atlanta. she writes i'm newly married, my taxable income is $50,000 and my husband's is $275,000. can i contribute to a roth i.r.a. under my name if we file taxes jointly? what if we file separately? >> filing jointly, obviously a question, the answer is no. $166,000 is jointly filing eligible, from $166,000 to $179,000 it phases out. you are not eligible for contribution. for individuals, if she's filing by herself, $107,000 below she's eligible. $122,000 or higher, she is not eligible. the bigger question is making sure they sit down and talk about their finances. that's a huge discrepancy of income. how much is he going to contribute to the bills as opposed to her. they are newly married. a lot of conversations need to
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be had right at this point. it's great they're having this conversation. >> before you walk down the aisle. that's important. thank you guys, very much. if you have a question you want answered, send us an e-mail any time to cnn help can i have some ice cream, please ? no, it's just for new people. hey ! chocolate, vanilla or strawberry ? chocolate ! chocolate it is ! yeah, but i'm new, too. umm... he's new... er... than you. even kids know it's wrong to treat new friends better than old friends. at ally bank, we treat all our customers fairly, with no teaser rates and no minimum deposit to open. it's just the right thing to do.
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president asked people to pressure congress to act on the debt limit. what happened, websites crashed
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left and right. now even phone lines in washington are busy ringing which brings us to today's talk back question. carol with your responses. hey, carol. >> the talk back question today, what would you tell congress to do about the debt limit. before i jump into our responses, let me just say we have been overwhelmed with responses so if a lawmaker out there is listening, please listen to these people, because they're not only frustrated and angry, they are sad, sad about how the rest of the world thinks about america during this bizarre debt ceiling debate. they want something done and most of the people who wrote on my facebook page, they want compromise. let's start with andy, who says many friends have tried to get through to our congressman and his phone lines are down and server is busy. he's republican. it's time the american people stage an old-time protest in d.c. when we default, it will cause the shot heard round the world in the financial markets. this from elizabeth. take a moment and remember that you are here to serve us, not your own ego and career. please compromise and find a
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solution. this from george. reasonably cut spending and reasonably increase tax revenues. we didn't get into this mess overnight. nor will we escape it overnight. this from zach. republicans need to learn how to compromise and take a deal when it gives them what they have been asking for. no one cares what pledges you have signed. we all understand the difference between what you stand for and what needs to be signed to keep this country running. divided government is supposed to lead to compromise, not civil war. this from diane. i would love to call but the lines are busy or off the hook. facebook restricts posts unless you like the page and there is nothing about these people that i like. sending an e-mail requires entering my personal data, as if. so please tell the idiots in washington they're fired. this from tony. i worry that we not need worry about outside countries like china, north korea, russia, destroying this great nation, but the destruction may come from within our own walls by petty, egotistical spoiled
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politicians. again, frustration, anger, but most of all, sadness coming through that the rest of the world is sitting back and watching what america is going through right now on capitol hill. >> is there anybody who was hopeful they will come up with a solution, or are people at this point, look, we're so close to the deadline, this is just so discouraging? >> well, that's really where much of the sadness came from. they don't have any -- they don't have any confidence that our leaders will, you know, go down a path to compromise. they think they're going to just sit there and bicker and watch the country fall into default and see what happens. >> you know what, let's go live to the white house. i know the spokesperson, jay carney, is taking questions about what the president is willing or not willing to do. >> the president, you know, spoke in detail about why compromise is essential and why there is an admirable history of
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republicans and democrats with strong differences of opinion and ideological differences in the past, coming together and finding compromise on tough issues. president reagan did it with democratic speaker tip o'neill. president clinton did it with newt gingrich. this president did it with republican leaders in december. it can be done again and it must be. i would note that the speaker of the house in his address last night that followed the president's never mentioned the word compromise, yet that is the only alternative. we have a divided government. we have a two-party system. no party controls every branch of government. compromise is the only option. we will hopefully get there. >> no chance it passes the senate? >> look, that's -- we do not believe it will pass the senate. senator reid -- >> we have been listening to the white house briefing, obviously trying to find some sort of compromise in play when it comes to the debt ceiling.
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you voted, we listened. here's your choose the news winner. >> reporter: computers can hold all kinds of personal and professional secrets from bank account passwords to sensitive business e-mails, but every minute of every day, those secrets can be targets of so-called cybergenerals who can link computers to act like
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soldiers and illegal network called a botnet. what is a bot-net? >> think of it as an actual computer network that has been put together by a group of criminals or someone with mal intent. >> reporter: who are the people doing this? >> you know, it ranges from everything from kids just playing around to really professional cybercriminals. >> reporter: kareem's company tracks those illegal bot-net networks. companies hire him to see whether their computers are being tapped. you might call him a hacker tracker. how does an attack start? >> the hacker typically infects a bunch of computers out in corporate environments with a piece of malware or software viruses that feed information back to the central server. >> reporter: once that starts, information is going back to the control center. >> that's right. >> reporter: the next map shows how widespread this is. >> right. this is an hour-long snapshot and sort of the afternoon, where we see bot-nets beaconing information out.
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>> reporter: how many are we talking about at any given time? >> possibly hundreds of millions. >> reporter: their success exposing bot-nets drew the attention of one hacker group that wanted to steal his work. >> they were trying to extort us for intelligence. >> reporter: the alleged extortionists are an offshoot of the hacker group anonymous that grabbed headlines recently after the fbi arrested 14 members. what did they say they would do if you didn't comply? >> they claimed they had information on us, they had gotten ahold of some of or e-mails and would release them if we didn't comply. >> reporter: what was that like? >> you're sort of in a ransom situation. >> reporter: the demands were documented in e-mails. in excerpts, the hackers say quote, your company isn't important to us but it's clearly very important to you. if you take over a big bot-net, we want insider info on it. he called the language juvenile. >> it did indicate the age group that we're dealing with. >> reporter: but that doesn't necessarily mean they can't do damage. >> d't


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